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Wet weather riding wear

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kim

Wet weather horse riding wear

When it comes to horse riding in the rain, us equestrians tend to have vastly different opinions. Some don’t mind getting a little wet, whereas others would rather muck out every stable rather than ride in the rain! Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, it rains a fair bit in the UK and, what’s more, it rains a lot more in some parts than others.

So when it does, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. If you’re unsure where to start shopping, don’t stress. We’ve put together a guide of some our favourite waterproof picks from some of our favourite brands. So the next time showers are forecast, you’ll be well prepared and ready to ride, whatever the weather…

Legwear

Stay warm and dry in these HyPerformance Softshell Winter Full Seat Ladies Breeches. Perfect for hacking out, schooling in the outdoor school or especially hunting.

* Waterproof

* Breathable

* Windproof

* Dirt repellent softshell fabric, keeps them clean for longer 

* Hard wearing 

* Fleece lined

* Available in black, grey and beige.

                                               HyPerformance Softshell Winter Full Seat Ladies Breeches   HyPerformance Softshell Winter Full Seat Ladies Breeches  HyPerformance Softshell Winter Full Seat Ladies Breeches    HyPerformance Softshell Winter Full Seat Ladies Breeches

Rather than buy waterproof breeches, you can just simply add a waterproof layer to your existing breeches. These Dublin Waterproof Nylon Full Chaps are great to ride in especially if you prefer to have direct contact with the saddle!

* 100% waterproof

* Full length leg zips for ease of getting on and taking off

* Elasticated waist

* Available in navy. 

                                                                        Dublin Waterproof Nylon Full Chaps  

If you'd prefer an actual pair of trousers, how about the Shires Sapporo Waterproof Over Trousers. These actually come in a winter version as well: Shires Rome Winter Waterproof Over Trousers . Both are packed full of great features:

* 100% waterproof with fully taped seams 

* Elasticated draw string waist

* Adjustable ankle cuffs

* Reinforced hems

* Reflective strips

* Easy to pull on over boots and breeches

* Available in men's, women's and children's sizes. 

Shires Rome Winter Waterproof Over Trousers

Often when it's wet, it's easy to get cold as well as wet. So if you're a cold mortal who needs to be kept warm as well as dry, the Dublin Unisex Thermal Waterproof Overtrousers provide maximum protection from the elements when riding out on those really cold and wet days. 

* 100% waterproof with fully taped seams

* Breathable

* Quilted lining provides extra warmth

* Three quarter leg length zip for ease of getting on and taking off.        

                                           Dublin Unisex Thermal Waterproof Overtrousers     Dublin Unisex Thermal Waterproof Overtrousers                                                          

Jackets

If you're watching the pennies, Mountain Horse who are one of the best brands for technical outdoor wear, have the Mountain Horse Team Jacket

equus bullet 100% waterproof jacket

equus bullet Reflective details placed in the best position for riding

equus bullet Two roomy front pockets with waterproof zipper and waterproof chest pocket

equus bullet Two way YKK waterproof riding zip

equus bullet Double front plackets to keep the rain out

equus bullet Detachable and fully adjustable hood

equus bullet Unisex sizes

equus bullet Available in navy and red.

Mountain Horse Team Jacket  Mountain Horse Team Jacket   Mountain Horse Team Jacket   Mountain Horse Team Jacket

If you're looking for a lightweight short waterproof riding jacket, the Noble Outfitters Elite Performance Jacket has been specifically designed for keeping you dry and at the right temperature when you ride. The perfect horse riding jacket that has all the features you need when you ride in the rain:

* 100% waterproof with fully taped seams  

* Breathable to keep you at just the right temperature

* Light (120 gram) polyester lining for added warmth

* Storm flap covering the zip to prevent the rain from getting in

* Adjustable waist cinch in each side pocket to adjust for a flattering fit 

* YKK® 2-way front zip

* Detachable hood  

* Available in black and navy.

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 If you prefer a longer waterproof riding jacket, the Noble Outfitters Evolution Insulated Jacket includes many innovative features for riders who expect "the world" from a premium riding jacket such as this. This jacket does NOT disappoint.

* 100% waterproof with fully taped seams  

* Breathable to keep you at just the right temperature

* Light (120 gram) polyester lining for added warmth

* Storm flap covering the zip to prevent the rain from getting in

* Deep pockets with dual access from the top and the side

* Lower rear hem with zipped vents to fit over the saddle

* Removable and adjustable pommel cover for added comfort during stormy ride

* Adjustable waist cinch in each side pocket to adjust for a flattering fit 

* Knitted storm cuffs with thumbholes 

 * YKK® 2-way front zip

* Detachable hood  

* Available in black and navy.

Noble Outfitters Evolution Insulated Jacket    Noble Outfitters Evolution Insulated Jacket

If you want "head to toe" protection form the rain, the Shires Calgary Long Riding Coat is perfect. As with all Shires products, this coat includes many great features:

* 100% waterproof with large storm cape 

* Front storm flap to prevent rain from getting in

* Inner elastic cuffs to keep rain water from running up your arms!

* Rear vent with gusset for adjustment in the saddle

* Two way riding zip

* Reflective detailing for improved visibility when hacking out

* Detachable hood

* Fleece lined collar and and large pockets

* Detachable hood.

hires Calgary Long Riding Coat

Stay dry and be seen in the best waterproof jacket for hacking. The HyVIZ Waterproof Riding Jacket is regarded as the best. 

* Complies with all of the latest safety standards

* Suitable for riding, leading horses, dog walking and any activity where visibility is important.

* Available in yellow or pink with black trim.

                                                        HyVIZ Waterproof Riding Jacket    HyVIZ Waterproof Riding Jacket

However if you’re off out competing and dark skies are looming, you might want a simple layer to keep the rain off. HKM offer a short and a long transparent riding jacket. The HKM Rain Mac is the short version of the jacket and the HKM Long Transparent Rain Mac, surprisingly is the long version!

* Rainproof

* Taped seams

* Integrated hood

* Deep front pockets

* Front panel press studs

* Easy to wipe clean

* Machine washable.

   HKM Rain Mac     HKM Long Transparent Rain Mac

Footwear

If you want one boot to do everything in, ie ride in and turn out in, the Colt Ryder by Muck Boots is probably one of the best buys on the market.

* 100% waterproof

Reinforced toe cap 

Unbeatable comfort range from sub zero temperatures to 29°C

Rubber Achilles heel protector to shield the wearer from blows to the back of the ankle

* Double terry towelling lining to wick away moisture from the foot to help keep your foot cool.

 

                                                           Colt Ryder Muck Boot

For a bit more style, the Dublin River Boot is always a good bet.

* 100% waterproof

* Breathable

Heel and Arch Support

Double cushioned sole for comfort

* Durable and tough outer sole

* Leather upper

* Suitable for riding.

Dublin River Boots   Dublin River Boots  Dublin River Boots

Mud is no longer an issue with the Noble Outfitter's Muds Stay Cool High Boot. And you get a free pair of Noble Outfitters Best Dang Boot Socks with every purchase! Admittedly they're not for riding in but they're a great work boot for doing all your jobs on the yard, turning out, bringing in and the delightful pooh-picking! 

* 100% waterproof

* Made of hard wearing industrial grade rubber for long life

* Breathable with moisture wicking properties to keep your feet cool on hot days

* Contoured foam interior provides custom and secure fit

* Shock absorbing sole for unbeatable comfort

* Anti-slip sole

* Available in black for men and women. 

Noble Outfitters Women's Muds Stay Cool High Waterproof Boot

 Are you looking for a long riding boot that's warm and waterproof? Then you should consider the Mountain Horse Snowy River Boot

* Waterproof foot and lower leg

* Cosy faux fur lining

* Hardwearing full grain leather

* Hidden elastic panels for an individual fit

* Durable full-length zip

* Elastic laces at the front instep

* EVA insoles

* Built-in steel shanks. 

Mountain Horse Snowy River Boot

 If you like the idea of wellie boot but you just want something that you can quickly slip on/off quickly, the Noble Outfitters Women's Muds Stay Cool Short Boot, is the one for you.

* 100% waterproof

* Made of hard wearing industrial grade rubber for long life

* Breathable with moisture wicking properties to keep your feet cool on hot days

* Shock absorbing sole for unbeatable comfort

* Anti-slip sole

* Handy "pull on tag"

* Available in black, blackberry and turquoise. 

                    Noble Outfitters Women's Muds Stay Cool Short Boot Noble Outfitters Women's Muds Stay Cool Short BootNoble Outfitters Women's Muds Stay Cool Short Boot

Gloves

There’s nothing worse whether you’re happy hacker or a hard core equestrian, than riding with wet hands as they can become incredibly sore and cold in the rain. The Woof Wear Waterproof Riding Glove, designed specifically for riding in the rain, won't compromise the feel on the reins.

* 100% waterproof

* Thermal inner lining

* Long cuff to keep rain and cold out with adjustable tab

* Synthetic suede palm for supreme grip

* Can be used for riding in as not too bulky to wear

* Reinforcement between the rein fingers

* Available in black for men and women.

Woof Wear Waterproof Glove

If you're looking for a more substantial glove, the Tredstep Polar H20 Glove offers greater warmth. 

* 100% waterproof

* Breathable

Insulated with 40g of Thinsulate® for incredible warmth

* Extended cuff with velcro fastening 

* Available in black for men and women.

Tredstep Polar H2O Glove

Headwear

Riding hats don't tend to be waterproof but Charles Owen have brought out this great little Waterproof Hat Cover. With an elasticated edge, this cover will fit most peaked riding hats. 

                                                  Charles Owen Waterproof Hat Cover

It's not only about you...

In the same way that you need protection form the elements, so does your horse. So treat him to a waterproof exercise sheet. If you do a lot of hacking and have to go on the roads, a hi viz exercise sheet is probably the most sensible option. 

Weatherbeeta 300D Reflective Exercise Sheet   

If, however, you school primarily outside and often find yourself doing it in the rain, the Mark Todd Waterproof Exercise Sheet is worth considering. Although at the upper end of the price bracket, you also get a lot of reflective strips for your pennies!

Mark Todd Waterproof Exercise Sheet

 And finally!

If you're fed up with your saddle getting soaked and getting a wet bottom from wet leather, how good is this Waterproof Ride-On Saddle Cover from Shires? Admittedly it only comes in black but what a great idea and at a great price!

Shires Waterproof Ride-On Saddle Cover

So don't let the rain stop you from riding…whether it’s out hacking, schooling or competing, our range of waterproof equestrian clothing by well-known brands will help keep you dry and happy as few things will leave you more miserable than being soaked to the skin!

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Author

Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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